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Watch Brett Kavanaugh dodge and weave as Cory Booker grills him on whether he ‘respects’ Donald Trump

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On Thursday Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh dodged Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) questions on whether or not he respects President Donald Trump.

During the confirmation hearing, Booker asked if he respected Trump, and if selected if he would recuse himself from any cases involving Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“Do you have the greatest respect for Donald Trump?” Booker asked.

“You don’t hear sitting judges commenting on political [matters]” Kavanaugh said.

“I’m asking what you said about President Bush the last time you were before the United States Senate. Do you have the greatest respect for Donald Trump?” Booker asked again.

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Kavanaugh did not provide a yes or no response, and Booker interrupted him.

“I want to tell you what I’m building toward this. Because there’s an issue of this president who’s asking for loyalty tests from the people he’s putting forward for offices,” Booker said.

“He’s continuing to bash the Attorney General of the United States of America and saying that if he knew he was going to recuse himself, that he wouldn’t have put him forward,” he said.

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Booker added, “You’ve seen this president demanding loyalty and expecting loyalty. President Trump not only said that about Jeff Sessions, but you know he said that about other folks. So you’re not willing to comment on the character of this president?”

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‘The president is lying’: Trump gets immediately debunked by CNN after claiming he stopped ‘send her back’ chant

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he stopped the North Carolina rally crowd from chanting "send her back" during a rant about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). But CNN immediately called him out for the false claim.

"I didn’t like that they did it and I started speaking very quickly," Trump told the press. "Excuse me. Really? If you would have heard, there was a tremendous amount of noise and action and everything else. I started very quickly. And I think you know that. Maybe you’re giving me too much credit. You’re used to giving me too much credit. Thank you, everybody. I will try. I will certainly try, yes."

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Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.

However, Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, who is currently working for Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, says it would be a mistake to confuse Trump's bigoted impulses with a well thought out battle plan.

"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

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Here is why Nancy Pelosi allowed a House impeachment vote

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Admitting that he isn't privy to insider knowledge from the Democratic leadership, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be playing a much longer game on the possibility of impeachment hearings on Donald Trump than her detractors believe.

Wondering, "Is Nancy Pelosi closer to impeachment?' Bernstein writes, "Usually, when a regular bill or resolution has been introduced, it’s then referred to committee. If the majority party doesn’t want to consider the bill, it will die with no further action. Under House rules, however, any member can force an impeachment resolution onto the floor as pending business. That’s what [Rep. Al] Green (D-TX) did Wednesday."

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